Government vs. God

Researchers call it an exchange model of religion: If people can get what they need from the government (be it health care, education or welfare) they’re less likely to turn to a divine power for help, according to the theory. But are people actually more likely to drop religion in places where … [Read More...]

Orange County Board of Education: Parents can’t pull kids from new sex ed classes

California is about to implement new abortion- and homosexuality-promoting sex education lessons, and one school district has told parents they have no choice but to expose their children to them. California enacted the California Healthy Youth Act in 2015, but only now are its controversial … [Read More...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Saint Margaret Mary Address 1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 Phone number 510-482-0596 Website www.stmargmaryoak.org Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (ordinary form); Sundays, 7 a.m. (Low Mass, extraordinary form), 8:30 a.m. (ordinary form), 10:30 a.m. … [Read More...]

Monument featuring St. Junipero Serra will stay put in San Francisco

People seeking the removal of a controversial statue in San Francisco’s Civic Center that critics say celebrates the subjugation of American Indians have suffered a major setback as the city’s Board of Appeals sided with a Petaluma man opposed to taking it down. The “Early Days” statue depicts a … [Read More...]

More than 1,000 expected for V Encuentro regional gathering in Visalia

Archbishop of Los Angeles José H. Gomez will join bishops from throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii to lead delegations of Catholic leaders for the regional V (Fifth) gathering at the Visalia Convention Center (303 E Acequia Ave, Visalia, CA 93291) on April 27, 28 and 29, 2018. The regional V … [Read More...]

Vatican reportedly rejects German bishops’ proposal for intercommunion of spouses

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a planned proposal by the German bishops' conference to publish guidelines permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances. Austrian news site kath.net has reported that … [Read More...]

California set to vote on banning books about treating unwanted homosexual attraction

The California State Assembly is slated to vote on legislation that has been interpreted as broad enough to ban the sale of books that address helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attractions. AB 2943 adds “[a]dvertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change … [Read More...]

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighbourhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St Paul of the Cross parish on … [Read More...]

Father of Alfie Evans meets with pope, pleads for asylum in Italy

A private meeting took place early Wednesday morning between Pope Francis and Tom Evans, the father of two-year-old Alfie Evans, who is currently at the center of a legal battle to keep him alive. Tom Evans said that in the April 18 meeting, which took place at the Santa Marta residence in the … [Read More...]

Oakland priest reflects on getting old

The following is by Rev. David K. O'Rourke, OP, special to The Catholic Voice: I am an old man. And I am depressive by temperament. I don't know what that means, but whatever it is, it means that I've got to work at keeping going. So I do. And it works. So that is what I want to talk about. What I … [Read More...]

Loyola Marymount University professor attacks pro-life pregnancy centers

A professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles defended California’s law which mandates that pro-life crisis pregnancy center refer to abortion clinics, according to the student newspaper. But she did more than defend the law. Professor Judy Battaglia, a communication studies professor, … [Read More...]

Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=84&v=a0Tst-L0dic April 16 marks Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's 91st birthday. He will be spending the day quietly in the 'Mater Ecclesia' Monastery in the Vatican, where he lives. The day of Joseph Ratzinger’s birth has been seen by some as a … [Read More...]

Catholic school in Sacramento has special program to prevent bullying

More than one out of every five students report being bullied, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. The majority of bullying happens at school, but it can also take place on the way to school, through text messages or online (better known as cyberbullying). At St. Mary … [Read More...]

Maronite Church: Stop the online “doctrinal brawls”

Intra-ecclesial online brawls on doctrinal matters are now spreading among Christians in the East. A drift that the Maronite Church is now trying to counter with a singular initiative: a doctrinal handbook, with pastoral instructions, which paradoxically is directed not to those who approach … [Read More...]

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